"The Dharma Bums" appeared just one year after the author's explosive "On The Road" had put the Beat Generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the best-seller list. The same expansiveness, humour and contagious zest for life that sparked the earlier novels sparks this one too, but through a more cohesive story. The books follow two young men ...
"The Dharma Bums" appeared just one year after the author's explosive "On The Road" had put the Beat Generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the best-seller list. The same expansiveness, humour and contagious zest for life that sparked the earlier novels sparks this one too, but through a more cohesive story. The books follow two young men engaged in a passionate search for dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high sierras to seek the lesson of solitude.
Good Minus in Good Minus jacket. 12mo. Jacket has chipping and rubbing, as well as some minor loss to edges. Has wrap stain to flyleaf (front and rear) closed edges v lightly foxed, pp in good order, solid form.
Very Good. No Jacket (as issued) 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Dark blue cloth with bronze print on front boards and spine which is slighlty faded. Library card holder on inside front board, lib. sticker on foredge of front endpaper and title page. Book is otherwise very tight and clean. 192 pages.
144 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. TRAVEL. "Hopping a freight out of Los Angeles at high noon one day in late September 1955 I got on a gondola and lay down with my duffel bag under my head and my knees crossed and contemplated the clouds as we rolled north to Santa Barbara." And so begins this work by the celebrated writer of the beat generation. (Key Words: Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac, Travel, California).
Good in Missing jacket. New York: The Viking Press, 1958. First edition. Hardcover. 244 pp. Very good, lacking jacket. Lean to spine. Softening to spine ends, rubbing to author's name on spine, and minor showing at board corners. Light soil and scuffing to boards. Speckled stains to fore edge of text block and faint evidence of pencil erasure on upper left rear pastedown.
Very Good + in Very Good + jacket. First british edition, hardcover, light browning to pastedowns and endpages, light foxing to page edges, a touch of wear to edges and corners, otherwise clean and tight, a Very Good + copy in like dustjacket that is lightly browned due to age, has a shallow chip to top spine end, a couple tiny chips to front corners, a touch of soiling and rubbing to rear cover, light wear to edges.
Very Good. Facsimile Dust Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. A variant copy lacking the green topstain. Some dustsoil to the outer page edges, as well as some faint foxing which is also present on the outer edges of the endpages. In a full colour facsimile dustjacket.
Very Good in Good jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Full black cloth over boards, spine author and title stamped in silver, publisher in green, front cover title stamped in green, sharp edges, square corners, previous ownership signature front paste-down, list of three other Kerouac works verso of half-title page underlined in pen, no other markings, normal age toning to end-papers. Jacket, in mylar, is rubbed and soiled, no tears, very small chips, not trimmed. Jacket design by Bill English. Overall: FANTASTIC! "But a more cohesive story [than On the road]" (jacket). Has all points for first edition, first printing.
This is, in my opinion, Kerouac's best book. Dharma Bums follows a young group of beats around the emerging northern california scene. The introduction of the zen way of life and its different interpretations by different people is vey interesting. THe imagery Kerouac provides is beautiful, especially his time on Desolation Point. A must read for anyone interested in Kerouac or the Beats.
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